Politics & Government

Nonpartisan examination of the workings of state and national institutions, including legislatures, bureaucracy, and electoral systems

Deficient bridges in Illinois

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  • Drake Warren

Chapter 5 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report looks at the condition of Illinois' infrastructure, specifically bridges, at the beginning of 2008 in light of the tragic collapse of a highway bridge in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2007.

 


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Illinois' fiscal future

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Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2008. 

This report summarizes Illinois' financial condition at the end of 2007 and the factors that contributed to that condition.


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The Illinois Report 2012

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  • Robert F. Rich
  • Matthew Hall
  • Jorge Chapa
  • Nancy Hudspeth
  • Bryan N. Becker
  • Benjamin Superfine
  • Mark A. Smylie
  • Marlon I. Cummings
  • Steven Tozer
  • Carolyn V. Nowinski
  • Lawrence B. Schook

The Illinois Report 2012 is an annual examination of critical issues facing the state of Illinois. For each of these issues, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 


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The Illinois Report 2011

Authors

  • Robert F. Rich
  • Rafael Angel Vera
  • Nancy Hudspeth
  • Daniel P. McMillen
  • Cedric Herring
  • Nicole Kazee
  • Peter Ji
  • Peter Mulhall
  • Barbara Shaw
  • Roger P. Weissberg
  • Debra Bragg
  • Lorenzo Baber
  • Erin Castro
  • Harry Berman
  • Stacy Reed

The Illinois Report 2011 is an annual examination of issues critical to the state of Illinois. For each issue, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends, and offer some possible solutions. 


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The Illinois Report 2010

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  • Robert F. Rich
  • Nancy Hudspeth
  • Daniel P. McMillen
  • Rafael Angel Vera
  • Cedric Herring
  • Mrinalini C. Rao
  • Charles V. Evans
  • Sarah Miller
  • Nicholas D. Paulson
  • Richard J. Winkel
  • James D. Nowlan

The Illinois Report 2010 is an annual examination of crucial issues facing the state of Illinois. For each issue, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 


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The Illinois Report 2009

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  • Robert F. Rich
  • Daniel P. McMillen
  • Nathan B. Anderson
  • Joshua J. Miller
  • Benjamin Superfine
  • Mark A. Smylie
  • Steven Tozer
  • David Mayrowetz
  • Lally Gartel
  • Patricia S. Rushing
  • Thomas Prudhomme
  • Allison Clark
  • Damian Duffy

The Illinois Report 2009 is an annual examination of critical issues facing the state of Illinois. For each topic, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 


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The Illinois Report 2008

Authors

  • Robert F. Rich
  • Lorens Helmchen
  • Andrew P. Morriss
  • Drake Warren
  • Emilie Bagby
  • Peter Mulhall
  • Stanley O. Ikenberry
  • Daniel T. Layzell
  • W. Randall Kangas
  • Cedric Herring
  • Loren Henderson
  • James D. Nowlan
  • Samuel K. Gove
  • Richard J. Winkel

The Illinois Report 2008 is an annual examination of issues critical to the state of Illinois. For each issue, we present the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 


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The Illinois Report 2007

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The Illinois Report 2007 is a nonpartisan, evidence-based assessment of the crucial policy issues facing the state of Illinois as 2007 begins. In compiling these materials, we have become keenly aware that solutions to these issues rest on the shoulders of those who must have the best interests of the state at heart.


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Pension reform roadmap

Authors

  • Andrew Crosby

The following analysis demonstrates that:

  • Savings to the state from SB2404 are around $0.5 billion to $1.5 billion per year, depending on how participants respond to incentives to accept reduced pension bene ts in order to keep health care coverage in retirement.
  • SB1 (assuming it survives a constitutional challenge) saves the state around $2 billion to $3 billion per year.
  • Neither are suf cient to eliminate the state’s budget de cit, which is projected to grow from $2 billion to $11 billion over the next ten years. 

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Rethinking redistricting

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  • Robert F. Rich
  • Hayri Onal
  • Kevin Patrick
  • Nathan Anderson
  • Hanqing Qui

Once every 10 years, states engage in what is known as redistricting or drawing the electoral map. This process has great influence on or even determines the outcome of elections over the 10 years that follow. Redistricting is a task necessary to reflect the changes in population of a state over the previous 10 years as documented by the United States Census.


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